April 21, 2018

            

“Christ’s flock is made up of sheep that not only listen to their shepherd, but are also able to recognize his voice, to follow him, faithfully and with full awareness, on the pastures of eternal life” (St. Pope John XXIII).

            

            

April 22, 2018

                

April 15, 2018

                

April 8, 2018

             

On Divine Mercy Sunday Fr. Romeo told us that forgiveness and the blessed sacrament make unity possible within the family, ours and God’s.  Jesus, triumphant from the grave, is now the cornerstone in our lives.  Moreover, St. Faustina’s message— “Jesus, I trust in you”— is a rallying call for unity.  “The more one’s heart opens, the more one receives the Holy Spirit.  Ask daily for guidance.  The sacrament of confession is an expression of God’s mercy.  Common sense tells us that church, the word of God, and the sacraments keep us close to God and to each other.”

“Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again, for forgiveness has risen from the grave” (St. John Chrysostom).

            

            

            

            

            

            

            

            

April 8, 2018

                

March 31, 2018

            

At the Easter vigil Fr. Romeo explained that the evening service was divided into four parts.  Fire symbolizes Christ’s light passed on to others.  The seven readings reveal God’s plan of salvation.  The baptismal liturgy is a renewal of promises, and the liturgy of the Eucharist includes the presentation and preparation of the gifts.

Then he posed three questions.  Why did the angel instruct Mary Magdalene and the other women at the tomb to tell the disciples to go to Galilee?  Jesus met his first disciples, Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew, at the Sea of Galilee.  What is your Galilee?   Where did you meet Jesus for the very first time?

“[We] tend to say that man’s journey moves from life to death, [but] Jesus turns this perspective upside down and states that our pilgrimage goes from death to life: the fullness of life!” (Pope Francis, Angelus, November 10, 2013).

            

   

            

            

            

April 1, 2018

                

                

March 30, 2018

           

On Good Friday Fr. Romeo informed us that “Lent ended when it got dark last night,” and now we observe the Easter Triduum through Sunday evening.  “What was all the preparation for?  To learn how to keep away from sin.  To get to know the Lord better.  Wherever your garden is, go there to pray.”  The more we pray, the closer we feel to Jesus.  Conversion is easy when we ask that his will, not ours, be done.  “Let’s continue to pray beyond Lent.  Let’s place God first in our lives.”

Adoring the cross, looking to Jesus, let us think of love, of service, of our lives, of the Christian martyrs; and it will do us good, too, to think of the end of our lives.  No one knows when that will be, but we can ask for the grace to be able to say: “Father, I did what I could do.  It is finished” (Pope Francis, General Audience, April 1, 2015).

“I have given you a model to follow so that, as I have done for you, you should also do” (John 13:15).

            

            

            

            

            

            

            

            

            

            

         

March 25, 2018

            

On Palm Sunday Fr. Romeo referred to “the suffering servant,” first, as Jesus who went into the garden to pray and, then, as each of us who calls out to God in supplication.  “When our Lord emptied himself, he revealed his two natures: divine and human.”  In obedience he humbled himself to prepare for his Last Supper.

Like Jesus, “we need to reach out to the Father, [though] sometimes, like Peter, we deny Jesus.  But we can always return to God.  Glorification is the miracle of conversion: Prayer helps us know Jesus, and passion brings this about.”

“Jesus, help me deepen my faith to recognize you as my savior, too” (Steve Mueller; All Saints Press, 2015/2018, p. 26).

            

            

            

            

            

March 25, 2018

                

March 23, 2018

                

Today’s Lenten meditation is from Conversion to Christ.

Suffering in itself is nothing; but suffering that is sharing in the passion of Christ is a wonderful gift, the most beautiful gift: a gift and proof of love because, in giving us his Son, the Father showed that he loves the world….  [The] greatest gift of God [is] having the courage to accept with a smile whatever God gives us and whatever God takes from us (Blessed Mother Teresa).

“Jesus, help me accept the crosses you give me and help others to bear theirs” (Steve Mueller; All Saints Press, 2015/2018, p. 25).

            

            

            

            

            

March 18, 2018

                

March 11, 2018

            

On the fourth Sunday of Lent Fr. Romeo reminded us that, as with the seven-year exile in the Old Testament, “radical things must happen to bring new life.”  Only God can satisfy, so joy and peace are possible through forgiveness.  “Conversion leads to grace when we open ourselves to God.”

In the New Testament we read about God’s mercy.  “God waits for us with much love.  When Jesus dies on the cross, God’s great mercy shows through.  God brings us to life through redemption.  Our responsibility after baptism is to pray.”

Faith is recognizing Jesus as the Son of God so that, in surrendering our will to him, we develop an intimate relationship with God.  Like the straw man in old clothes burned in Central American tradition, our ashes are behind us as we begin anew with God.

“Those who believe, see; they see with a light that illumines their entire journey, for it comes from the risen Christ, the morning star which never sets” (Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei, 1; 2013).

            

March 11, 2018